Spider Webb Tattoo Benefit.

(New York): R. Mutt Press, 1980. Original broadside poster for a Spider Webb Tattoo Benefit to legalize tattooing in N.Y.C. Tattooing in New York City went underground after the City Health Department found what it said were a series of blood-borne hepatitis cases coming from tattoo parlors in 1961. Tattoos were done on the second story of buildings on Canal Street, in basements, apartments and backrooms. Spider Webb, protested the ban by tattooing porn star Annie Sprinkle on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for violating health law. Webb appealed the case, which the New York State Supreme Court refused to hear. The event a costume party which took place on the 29th October, 1980 at the Hell Fire Club in New York advertised appearances by Kenneth Anger, Annie Sprinkle, The Electric Crutch Band, Charles Gatewood and Marco Vassi as well as sex, drugs, booze and whips. Sounds like one hell of a benefit. The poster measuring 14″ by 8.5″ approx. is in very good condition. Rare.


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